Friday, May 1, 2009

Film Friday

This weeks pick: Before Sunrise

This movie is a story about two people that after a chance meeting, and a strong connection, spend a night walking around Vienna getting to know each other. Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) meet on the train, having an instant connection they talk openly to each other- Jesse must get off the train in Vienna, the next morning he is to catch a flight out in the morning. Celine is supposed to stay on the train and go home to Paris. Jesse convinces Celine to get off at Vienna and walk around the city all night with him. They talk about everything and anything and get to know each other, finally giving in to their attraction to each other. The next day when parting they hastily agree to meet up again in the exact same place 6 months later, Jesse saying if he had the choice between marrying Celine right then or never seeing her again, he would marry her. The movie ends without the viewer knowing if they do meet again.

My thoughts: Great movie. I was completely enthralled from minute one. Hawke and Deply were absolutely charming and had great chemistry together. My favorite scene is when they are in a bar pretending to call their best friends and tell them of their encounters with each other. Celine is calling her best friend in Paris (Jesse pretends to be her)- she lets it known that she would have gotten off the train with Jesse before he tried to convince her. Jesse pretends to call his friend in U.S. and admits how crazy he is about Celine- it is charming and romantic. If you haven't seen this one yet- you must go out right now and rent it! Before Sunset- a sequel that is set 9 years after their original encounter is equally charming (and gives you some answers about what happened)

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